Vikings Notes: E.J. Henderson and Javon Walker
The Vikings’ starters played a little over a quarter against the San Francisco 49ers in a 15-10 preseason loss Sunday night. The offense was mediocre, but the outcome should be of little concern to Vikings fans considering Brett Favre only played 4 snaps, and receivers Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin didn’t suit up for the game.
One of the few bright spots was the play of middle linebacker E.J. Henderson. In his first live action since breaking his femur last December, Henderson recorded 7 tackles in only one quarter of play. The middle linebacker looked like the E.J. Henderson of old as he showed no signs of the leg injury. Mike Wobschall of Vikings.com commented that Henderson recorded a tackle for a loss that “was the exact type of play Henderson made regularly before injuring his leg.” I think it’s safe to say Henderson is back.
If you’re looking for a recap of the entire game, look no further than Judd Zulgad’s post-game thoughts over at the Star Tribune’s website. He details the struggles of the offensive line, the battle at the safety position, and Peterson’s ability (or lack thereof) to pick up the blitz.
In roster news, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the Vikings will sign free agent wide receiver Javon Walker today. As Judd Zulgad notes, the signing of Walker casts doubt on when receivers Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin will be able to return to the lineup.
Coincidentally, Javon Walker had his best statistical season when Brett Favre was throwing him the ball back in 2004. However, the ninth-year pro didn’t exactly leave Green Bay on the best of terms. Brett Favre was publicly critical of Walker’s contractual demands and the Packers cut ties with Walker shortly thereafter. Walker had a good season with the Denver Broncos in 2006 but has been plagued by a lingering knee injury ever since.